MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 27: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is chased out of the pocket by Pat Williams #94 of the San Francisco 49ers at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on September 27, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brett Favre;Pat Williams
Favre's highly anticipated first game back with the Vikings lasted all of four unspectacular plays and one series in a 15-10 loss to the 49ers in a nationally televised preseason game.
Favre jogged on to the field to a chant of boos from 49er fans. He has been a Niner-nemesis since his time in Green Bay.
Once he got the ball, Favre completed a 13-yard pass to Adrian Peterson on his first play from scrimmage but was sacked by Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis two plays later and the Vikings wound up punting. The 40-year-old quarterback took the field just four days after his first training camp practice of the year. He decided to return for a 20th season and make yet another run at a Super Bowl title.
As for the 49er QB: Alex Smith went 9 of 13 for 88 yards in a solid first half. Willis had four tackles playing only nine snaps.
Smith bounced back a week after stumbling through a subpar outing in which he completed 3 of 9 passes for 37 yards and only two first downs in a win at Indianapolis. David Carr and Nate Davis rallied the Niners to 34 straight points in the 37-17 victory. He made do for a 49ers offense missing three of its biggest stars: receiver Michael Crabtree, tight end Vernon Davis and running back Frank Gore.
"We just came out against the No. 1 rush defense in the NFL and marched it down the field," Smith told the Associated Press. "We were moving the chains and getting a bunch of third-down conversions and just took it down the field methodically."
The game ended with a sack in the end zone and an additional 2 points for the 49ers.